UNESCO Mediterranean Programme

Programme méditerranée de l'Unesco

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1995, by Director-General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), replacing UNESCO Network for the Mediterranean -- Réseau Unesco pour la Méditerranée (RUNESMED), which was approved by the 27th General Conference of UNESCO, 1993, Paris (France). Ceased 2004.


Group together UNESCO's schemes, networks and activities covering the Mediterranean region in order to: contribute to the advancement of the countries and peoples of the Mediterranean in the sectors that correspond to UNESCO's mandate; develop cooperation between public and private sectors - civil societies - in all parts of the Mediterranean region; promote the Mediterranean as an eco- cultural region. Major concerns: the desire to bring about the emergence of a culture of peace; promotion of cross-cultural activities.

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Guided by the principles set out by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Carthage Charter on Tolerance in the Mediterranean, 1995, practical activities are carried out in the field by local organizations and people grouped in networks or ad hoc partnerships, with priority to networks that are already operational and capable of financing all or part of their activities. Areas of involvement (5): Culture and creativity; Communication; Education; Society; Science. Currently comprises the following networks and other organizations:

 • European and Mediterranean Network for the Social Sciences (EUMENESS);

 • Programme for Palestinian-European-American Cooperation in Education (PEACE Programme);

 • Mediterranean Network for the Distance Education of Managers;

 • Mediterranean and Black Sea Regional Network against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence;

 • Mediterranean NGO Forum;

 • Network of Mediterranean Foundations;

 • Forum of Mediterranean Towns and Territories (Forum VTM);

 • Network of Cultural Centres in the Southern Mediterranean;

 • International Institute of Mediterranean Theatre (IITM);

 • Network of the Ancient Sites for the Performing Arts (DIONYSOS);

 • Observatory for Cultural and Audio-Visual Communication in the Mediterranean (OCCAM);

 • Mediterranean Centre for Human Rights;

 • Network of Mediterranean Study Centres;

 • Network for Research on the Mediterranean Regional Area;

 • Network of Academies of Mediterranean Countries;

 • International Council of Mediterranean Cinematic Manifestations (MCM);

 • Mediterranean Media Network, including -

 • -Mediterranean Centre of Audiovisual Communication (CMCA),

 • -Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM),

 • -Journalism in the Eastern Mediterranean - Strategy, Training, Organization (JEMSTONE Network),

 • -Euro-Maghreb Training Network for the Communication Professions (REMFOC),

 • -European Children's Television Centre (ECTC),

 • -IFEX,

 • -Training programme for Mediterranean women journalists;

 • Computer Networks and Services in Mediterranean Countries;

 • Medlib Network;

 • Virtual Libraries and Forums in the Mediterranean;

 • Cultural Tourism Network;

 • Networks of Cities, including -

 • -Network of World Heritage Cities,

 • -100 Historic Sites of the Mediterranean Coastal Heritage,

 • -Small Coastal Towns Network,

 • -Festivals of the Sun;

 • Al Andalus Heritage Programme;

 • Network of Mediterranean Cultural Itineraries;

 • UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, including -

 • -FRIEND/Alpine and Mediterranean Hydrology (FRIEND/AMHY),

 • -Wadi Hydrology Programme;

 • Mediterranean Citizens' Forum;

 • Network of Mediterranean Women for Cooperation and Parity, including -

 • -International Mediterranean Women's Forum (IMWF),

 • -UNESCO Centre for Women and Peace in the Balkan Countries,

 • -Squares of the Mediterranean for Women and Peace,

 • -Network of Vigilance for Cooperation and Parity,

 • -Workshops on the history of women in the Mediterranean,

 • -Pilot project 'Trans-Mediterranean cooperation on behalf of migrant women: successful integration or the choice to return'

 • -'Friendship Group',

 • -'Exchange Market';

 • Network for Education on the Environment and on Tolerance in the Mediterranean, including -

 • -Children of the Mediterranean Programme,

 • -Young People and the Mediterranean Programme,

 • -Western Mediterranean Sea Project (PMO),

 • -South-Eastern Mediterranean Programme (SEMEP);

 • Community of Mediterranean Universities (CMU), based on International Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees in Higher Education in the Arab States and European States Bordering on the Mediterranean;

 • Mediterranean Solar Council, UNESCO Summer Schools and Mediterranean Workshops;

 • Mediterranean Oceanographic Research Network, including -

 • -Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,

 • -Mediterranean Global Ocean Observing System (MedGOOS),

 • -International Oceanographic Research Programme in the Western Mediterranean (PRIMO),

 • -International Programme of Cooperation on the Physical Oceanography of the Eastern Mediterranean (POEM);

 • Mediterranean Marine Information Network (MEDINFO);

 • Network for Academic and Cooperative Strategies in Ocean Affairs (SEAWEB);

 • Mediterranean Island Network (MEDISLE);

 • Mediterranean Network for the Science and Technology of Polymer-Based High-Tech Materials (MEDNET);

 • Networks of Environmental Development Action in the Third World (enda) in the region, including -

 • -ENDA Third World,

 • -ENDA Europe,

 • -ENDA Maghreb,

 • -ENDA Inter-Arab;

 • Mediterranean Development Network (MDN);

 • Mediterranean Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (CMEDD).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 27 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Geography
    • Ecology
  • Society
    • Society
  • Culture
    • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies
  • Peace
    • Peace

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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